Discord finished up the bread roll he was eating and closed the bag of food Fluttershy had given him. There was plenty of food there but he wanted to try and spread it out over the week. He was still smiling at the kindness of Fluttershy's heart.
In the distance, he could hear the thundering of hooves galloping up the path that led to Ponyville and soon saw Fluttershy's five friends appear over the small crest. He scooped up his food bag and ducked into the EverFree forest, just before the ponies could see him.
"WHAT IN TARNATION'S GOIN' ON HERE?!" Applejack yelled as she burst through Fluttershy's door, making Fluttershy drop the medicine she was feeding to a small, scrawny rat. The animals in her house ran into their holes and nests and Fluttery hid her head under her hooves.
"Fluttershy! Would you care to explain?" Twilight trotted through her door with an expression of anger and curiosity.
"WHERE'S THE CHOCOLATE RAIN?!" Pinkie Pie blurted out. Applejack looked at Pinkie pie, "Don't worry, you'll get chocolate rain later."
This stopped Pinkie's complaining and she just sat down, suddenly aware of Fluttershy's fright.
"Fluttershy darling," Rarity began in a calming voice, "We're not going to hurt you. We're your friends."
Fluttershy moved her hooves to the side and looked up with huge, teary eyes. Rainbow Dash flew through the door and came to a halt, just next to Applejack.
"I don't believe we've heard Fluttershy's part of the story yet, Rainbow. We should let her explain," Rarity looked at Rainbow Dash.
"What's there to explain?!" Rainbow Dash exclaimed, " Discord's a no good, filthy, lying JERK!"
"RAINBOW!" Twilight yelled at her.
Rainbow Dash spat but Rarity ignored her, turning back to Fluttershy, "Take a seat dear. Tell us everything."
"Without Rainbow interrupting," Twilight threw a dirty look at Rainbow Dash. Fluttershy slowly got up, still frightened by the sudden event. She sat herself down on the sofa and began explaining, "I saw him last night. He was returning Angel. I saw his eyes and...they were so dark..so lonely..."
Four of her friends sat, staring into her eyes with interest, and curiosity while Rainbow just hovered there, grumpily keeping her arms crossed.
"I couldn't just leave him to starve," she continued, "So, I went into town to get him some foo-"
"So that's what you were doin' at Sweet Apple Acres today," Applejack realized.
"Shh," Twilight silenced her, "Go on Fluttershy."
Fluttershy hesitated, "The last thing on his mind right now is destroying Ponyville. I can see it. He's different. He's kind..."
Rainbow Dash grunted in annoyance.
"Fluttershy, I know you're element is kindness...but this is Discord," Rarity pointed out.
"THAT'S JUST WHAT I SAID!" Rainbow yelled.
Fluttershy flinched at her friend's yell, tears rolling down her cheeks. Rarity pulled out a diamond encrusted handkerchief and passed it to Fluttershy, "Here, use this to wipe your face."
"Thank you," Fluttershy sniffled. she wiped her face with the handkerchief, careful not to make it too dirty.
"Where is Discord anyway?" Pinkie asked.
"In the EverFree Forest, probably hiding," Fluttershy said quietly.
"May we talk to him?" Rarity asked.
Fluttershy looked up at her with a puzzled face, confused by the unexpected question.